Just because the Rams traded the second-overall pick to the Redskins, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are done moving around in the upcoming draft. There has already been talk that the team will trade again, but this time it’s a little more uncertain which way they will be moving. On one hand, the team could package some picks to move back up a few spot to land Oklahoma St. WR Justin Blackmon, who is expected to go somewhere around the fourth or fifth pick. Another option, if Blackmon is off the board and the Rams aren’t in love with any of the available players at six, is to trade down again and add to the pile of picks they are accumulating. Both of these options have their merit, so let’s take a look at what the best course of action might be.
You all know I love Blackmon and have for a long time, but I think the cost might be a little high to move back up in the first round to get him. This organization wants to rebuild through the draft, and adding numerous high picks is obviously the way to do that. Besides, there is at least some chance that Blackmon could still be on the board when the sixth pick comes around. I have been looking at countless mock drafts since the trade, and I would say that maybe close to half of the ones I have looked at have Blackmon still on the board for the Rams. I know it’s a pretty big gamble, especially if they really fall in love with him, but I’d be willing to take my chances. And here’s why.
If I were running things, I would be on the phone shopping the #6 pick all over the league in the days leading up to the draft. Start some dialogue, and gauge the interest from other organizations. Then, when draft day arrives, let the top five picks play out and see what happens. If Blackmon is still on the board, you take him and everything works out. If he’s gone, you have another team or two ready to swoop in and take the best offer for six. You move down and get at least another pick later in the draft, and you look to take either the best player available when you pick or look at one of the other receivers (Michael Floyd, Alshon Jeffery, etc) if you have them valued at that spot.
I know that’s all easier said than done, and obviously you have to find someone willing to give you some value for that pick, but I get the feeling that the Rams aren’t in love with anyone who will be there at 6. If they are, they should stand pat and take who they want. I guess we’re getting spoiled by acquiring all these extra picks, but I still want more.